For her second solo exhibition with Upfor, Julie Green weaves together several creative threads that have figured in her work for decades, focusing on a series of paintings titled Fashion Plate that blends “high” and “low” technique and materials. As with her well-known, ongoing project The Last Supper, Green drew inspiration from patterning for the work from traditional flow blue ceramics; but the mediums are acrylic and day-glow paint on gessoed Chinet-brand paper plates. The artist weaves in narrative elements that explore overlapping themes of domesticity, fashion, decoration, food and social justice from a consciously female perspective, expanding personal narratives into a wider view of women’s experience and often balancing humor and earnestness. Each plate is marked with painstaking fingerprint facsimiles as back stamps.
Green continues to spend half of each year working on her widely-exhibited project about capital punishment, The Last Supper. Began in 2000 and now comprising over 700 plates, this project necessarily focuses on male experience. Interested in creating work from a more personal context, Fashion Plate offers a counterpoint to The Last Supper while sharing some themes and formal elements.